Frequently Asked Question Caravan House SAT TV


Question: How Much Power Does The Complete Access Antennas Caravan Satellite System Draw?

Answer: Approximately 12 Watts. At 240V it draws 0.0625A. At 12V it draws ~1A. 12V x 1.0A = 12W (V x A = W)


Question: What Sort Of Picture And Sound Auality Can I Expect From Satellite Television? 

Answer: Because satellite broadcasts are digital the quality of the picture is perfect. Unlike standard analogue television reception, there are no variations in picture quality – the picture is perfect quality, or isn’t there at all; there are no “in-betweens”. The satellite receiver will work with both new and old TV’s regardless of age.


Question: What Channels Will I Receive With The Satellite System?

Answer: The new government funded satellite system is called VAST – Viewer Access Satellite Television. Aimed at providing perfect digital reception to people in remote and rural areas aswell as blackspot locations. At the moment the only way to pick up the VAST system is with a VAST High Definition Satellite set top box or commonly referred to as a decoder. It comes with the smart card (access card) inside the unit (included in the price). The VAST system has 107 digital channels including many High Definition channels. The channels available include -ABC1,2,3,4 and ABC24HourNewsHD for every state/territory -SBS 1,2,3HD for every state and territory -NITV – the dedicated National Indigenous TV Channel -Over 60 radio stations which can be accessed Australia-wide in areas were this is no radio signals at all For Every State excluding Western Australia -7Central, 9Imparja , 10Central -One HD, Eleven, 7Two, 7Mate, 9Go, 9GEM and more -The local news content from regional broadcasters will eventually be available on a dedicated local news channel exclusive to VAST. If the smart card is registered to Western Australian (traveller or permanent) -7GWN , 9Win and 10West -One HD, Eleven, 7Two, 7Mate, 9Go, 9GEM and more There is also over 60 radio channels from both ordinary AM , FM and DAB frequencies. There are no ongoing costs when using these services as they are both free to air services. The new VAST satellite system is completely government funded.


Question: Where Is The Best Place To Mount My Satellite Dish? 

Answer: You will need to place your dish in a location that has a clear view to the satellite. It is really up to you. The main points you need to consider when mounting a dish are: ease of access to the dish (you don’t want to be clambering around trying to align a dish that’s in a difficult position to reach); stability of the pole or mounting bracket – unlike a terrestrial antenna pole, a satellite mount needs to be stable – if it moves a lot you may experience signal drop-out ; location – consider trees or structures that might block the direct line of sight to the satellite. When you are situated in bushland you can use our portable tripod mount and long length of cable to position your dish in a clearer area. 


Remote Access Satellite Television Information

For caravan and motor-home enthusiasts travelling throughout Australia, or for anyone residing for longer periods in remote areas of the country, receiving quality television reception can often prove to be extremely difficult. There are many features that can influence standard terrestrial reception, such as weather patterns, proximity to local transmitters and topography and, despite the promises made by some suppliers, most terrestrial antennas fail to deliver in marginal areas. Satellite broadcasts on the other hand, suffer none of there restrictions, and provide digital quality television and radio reception to all corners of the country. For this reason satellite television systems are becoming more and more popular with people heading out bush and off-road. Once you have experienced the picture and sound quality of HD digital satellite transmission it is difficult to accept anything less. Since the launch of the new C1 satellite in 2003 reception of regional free-to-air stations is possible throughout Australia on a 85cm dish. Formerly bigger dish sizes were required in some areas. What this means is that satellite TV is now available to ANYONE ANYWHERE and not only is the equipment more compact and easier to transport, but the cost is also far, far cheaper. These systems are easy to self-install – once you’ve done it the first time you will find it quite simple given a bit of DIY spirit and the ability to read instructions. All of our kits come complete with set-up instructions, instructional DVD and pointing coordinates to help make the job easier.